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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

First Advisor

Richard F. Deckro, PhD


The North Warning System (NWS), a joint program of the United States Air Force (USAF) and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), is responsible for the maintenance of 47 remote radar sites across northern Canada. NWS's current airlift operations, which support the radar maintenance activities, consist of both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft positioned at five support depots. This thesis considers whether a reconfiguration of these support depots and the assignment of radar sites to them can result in either an airlift or total cost savings for NWS. Mixed integer linear programming models were formulated to address the questions surrounding a reconfiguration of the NWS which might gain airlift cost savings. Several operational scenarios were considered. The analysis identifies that cost savings may be realized through a number of possible actions.

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